Would you expect to see synchronised swimming in a care home? How about golf? The Olympic Games might be postponed until 2021, but that won’t stop residents across the UK from limbering up to compete in Olympics and Paralympics inspired events this summer…
Bringing something different and exciting to residents is particularly important for care homes right now. That’s why a brand new – and entirely virtual – skills workshop has been created to teach care home staff how to engage older adults in popular sports through exercise moves, themed activities and gameplay. The workshop has been created with help from expert partners – such as the School of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter, as well as Boccia England – and covers a range of Olympic and Paralympic sports and how these can be adapted for any ability.
This first of its kind, the workshop has been kicked off with TLC Care, with 8 care homes coming together via video call to learn all about the sports and how they can use and adapt them to engage residents.
“This was exactly what our team needed. The theme is great, the content is so refreshing for me, the facilitator is amazing and the tools were the best in this pandemic time!” commented a Team Member at Carlton Court, TLC.
Following the workshop, the homes were tasked with running their very own Oomph-lympics with their residents. The homes are now busy hosting opening ceremonies to kick everything off, and are planning special events for the different sports, including Boccia themed weeks and beach parties for their synchronised swimming events.
One attendee from Cooperscroft Care Home said, “The practical side of the training was excellent for me as I am a physical learner. It was fun and it was great to see others joining in and sharing their ideas!”
Vicky Bahmed, Wellbeing Support Manager for TLC Care said, “The workshops are always fun, inclusive and allow us to share ideas and give support”.
Ben Allen, CEO at Oomph!, commented, “We are delighted that we have been able to adapt our training to deliver new, exciting content virtually – especially when care home teams need it most. It is a pleasure to be kicking off the Oomph-lympics with TLC, and we can’t wait to see what the homes have in store for residents… Let the games begin!”
For information on how we can help to keep residents engaged during the Covid-19 pandemic, please contact us here.